* To blanch snow pea pods, cook in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds or until crisp-tender. Remove from boiling water and immediately plunge into ice water until cold. Drain.
A member of the parsley family, dill weed is the feathery leaves of the dill plant. Commonly used to give pickles their characteristic flavor, dill weed can also be used to flavor fish, vegetable dishes and salads.
Dried dill, like other dried herbs, loses flavor and intensity over time; it's best to purchase it in small quantities. Date containers with the month and year purchased, and store them away from heat and light. Replace after one year.
If even small containers of herbs are more than you can reasonably use, split one with a friend, or purchase the desired amount from a natural food co-op where herbs and spices are available in bulk.
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